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Old 11-17-2011, 02:53 PM   #661
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Yeah, Stipe playing "Password" with the Muppets was one of the most surreal things I've ever seen. If I hadn't taped the show, I would have thought I was dreaming and it didn't really happen.

But it was pretty funny.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #662
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I'm not sure how it fell through the cracks this long, but I realized a little while ago not only that I didn't own Fables of Reconstruction, but I'd never heard it. Bought it this weekend. Sorta weird to feel like I have a "new" old REM album in 2012 (I wrote that as 2011 initially).
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Did you get the 25th Anniversary remastered version?

Probably the weakest of the IRS albums as a whole. Nevertheless, the first four tracks rank as one of R.E.M.'s best album openings. (perhaps 2nd only to Lifes Rich Pageant).
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Nah, just found a cheap copy of the original master (I think it was $7 or $8).
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Did you get the 25th Anniversary remastered version?

Probably the weakest of the IRS albums as a whole. Nevertheless, the first four tracks rank as one of R.E.M.'s best album openings. (perhaps 2nd only to Lifes Rich Pageant).
Right on both counts.

The second half doesn't stand out very much.
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Did you get the 25th Anniversary remastered version?

Probably the weakest of the IRS albums as a whole. Nevertheless, the first four tracks rank as one of R.E.M.'s best album openings. (perhaps 2nd only to Lifes Rich Pageant).
I think you meant to say that it's their best album.

(No, I know I'm probably forever alone in thinking that.)
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I have nothing to add to this page, but I'll post anyway: Fables has a tremendous start but falls apart around track 8 or so. It's never bad though, just forgettable.
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Yeah that's the problem. I've said it before but I can not for the life of me remember how the last three songs on that album go. You could play the beginning of all of them and I would have no idea which was which.

I'm not a big fan of Reckoning's side two either, but at least I know how the songs go. I think Fables probably has more standout tracks, but those first five on Reckoning may tip the balance, it's hard for me to say. They're my two least favorite pre-Reveal albums, that's for sure.
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Wendell Gee blows chunks, but Auctioneer is a great little track. I think it's one of the album's highlights, though obviously well behind the opening four tracks.

Occasionally I start to think that either Murmur or Reckoning may be superior albums to Fables just because they are more consistent and don't end with a steaming turd. But then I listen to Feeling Gravity's Pull or Driver 8 or whatever and remember why I love Fables so much.
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Don't know why their good-bye best of compilation doesn't include a song like Drive.

Listened to Hallelujah last night, a strange tune, but haunting and beautiful, love it.
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I'm not a big fan of Reckoning's side two either





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After a bit of time with the album, I agree that the second half of Fables sorta snoozes by. I do like the first 4, and Can't Get There From Here a decent amount though.
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can't get there from here is fun. then that means there is something i do like on there. i didn't think there was anything.
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You love early REM and don't enjoy Driver 8? The hell?

One of their best from the IRS albums.
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Maps and Legends is the standout there, IMO. Then Feeling Gravity's Pull.

Driver 8 is fun but it doesn't have the weight of the other two.
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